3 He said to me, “O mortal, I am sending you to the people of Yisrael, that nation of rebels, who have rebelled against Me.—They as well as their fathers have defied Me to this very day;
2:3 ‘O mortal, I am sending you to the people of Yisrael
Yechezkel is addressed with the term ben adam (בן אדם) ninety-three times in his book. This expression literally means ‘son of man,’ and is translated here as ‘mortal’. This designation alludes to both his humility and mortality, but also to all of mankind’s role at God’s side in improving the world, as alluded to in Tehillim (80:18). As such, Yechezkel’s messages are intended both for Israel and for the nations. While his message is specific to Israel, the truths it contains are meant for the betterment of all mankind.